What Chicken?

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

New Arrival

Saturday, June 10, 2006

shhhhh. . .we are sleeping

Flyer and Blue Chicken less than a week old sleeping in the bathtub.We got home late from dinner last night and did not put the chickens away until almost 10pm. Several decided to roost in the tree next to the coop. We almost missed the Buff Polish (Lame Wing's sister). Most of the chickens roost in the coop, but some seem to prefer being outside.
Here are the others, asleep in the coop. I do not think that they appreciated being awakened. Blue Chicken started cock-a-doodle-dooing. But we think that maybe he was complaining about the Baptists who were having some sort of event late into the evening.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Hello. My name is Spider.

The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy is an organization dedicated to the preservation of rare breeds of domestic livestock and poultry. The Dominique chicken is listed as CRITICAL under the conservancy's conservation priority list. This means that there are fewer than three sources and a population of less than 500 hens. Rare breeds such as the Dominique are currently in danger of extinction.

My grandmother raised Dominiques when my mother was little. She referred to them as "Domineckers." Spider jumped on my back tonight to sit on my shoulder. She is very friendly and soft.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Who loves mulberries?

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Big Red

Big Red at six days and ten weeks old.
She is a Rhode Island Red and will lay brown eggs.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Pecked Eye Update

It was actually the other eye that was pecked, but it looks fine, too. She, more than any of the other chickens except for Turken, is most likely to be sitting in my lap. She has really grown since the earlier post ("Did you notice how cute I am?").

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Meet Lame Wing

We are not sure whether or not she arrived this way. Maybe she injured herself as a chick or maybe it is a birth defect. She can move her wing, but mostly just drags it along. Sometimes she has to step over it. But she seems ok. She doesn't just lay around the coop feeling sorry for herself. She gets out and scratches around and has figured out how to get in and out of the coop, just like the rest of the chickens (actually, better in some cases). She is very docile and will sometimes come up to us and let us massage her wing.

A surprising thing that we have noticed is that the other chicks do not pick on her, which you might expect based on most chicken information.